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About Chanderi - Chanderi Tourism

Chanderi is a historical town famous among tourists for several archaeological monuments and Chanderi Sarees. The city is a part of Ashoknagar District in Madhya Pradesh state of India. Chanderi is a beautiful town surrounded by hills, lakes and forests and is well known among travellers for several monuments built by the Bundela Rajputs and Malwa sultans. Chanderi holds an important position on the Madhya Pradesh tourism map for being home to several majestic and beautiful monuments that dates back to as far as 15th century. 

Chanderi is also well known among tourists for its handwoven thin Chanderi sarees, the Chanderi Sarees are well known fot their traditional motifs and fragile pastel colours. Majority of the population in Chanderi is involved in the business of weaving Chanderi Sarees. The name of Chanderi is mentioned in Mahabharata; according to which Shishupal was the king of Chanderi during Mahabharata period.

Chanderi History - Chanderi Tourism

Chanderi has been captured multiple times by several rulers like Ghiyas ud din Balban who captured the city in 1251 for Nasir ud din Mahmud Sultan of Delhi. Chanderi was later captured by Sultan Mahmud I Khilji of Malwa in 1438 then in 1520 by Rana Sanga of Mewar. The Mughal Emperor Babur captured the city from Medini Rai, and in 1540 it was captured by Sher Shah Suri, and added to the governorship of Shujaat Khan.

The Bundela Rajputs captured Chanderi in 1586, and it was held by Ram Sab, a son of Raja Madhukar of Orchha. In 1680 Devi Singh Bundela was made governor of the city, and Chanderi remained in the hands of his family until it was annexed in 1811 by Jean Baptiste Filose for the Maratha ruler Daulat Rao Sindhia of Gwalior.

The city was transferred to the British in 1844. The British lost control of the city during the Revolt of 1857, and the city was recaptured by Sir Hugh Rose on 14 March 1858. Richard Harte Keatinge led the assault, for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross. Chanderi was transferred back to the Sindhias of Gwalior in 1861, and became part of Isagarh District of Gwalior state. After India's independence in 1947, Gwalior became part of the new state of Madhya Bharat, which was merged into Madhya Pradesh on 1 November 1956.

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